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  • Frida Ortiz, wife of reporter Salvador Adame Pardo, speaks to the media during a protest against the May 18 disappearance of Adame.

    Frida Ortiz, wife of reporter Salvador Adame Pardo, speaks to the media during a protest against the May 18 disappearance of Adame. | Photo: Reuters

Published 26 June 2017

Mexico has become one of the most dangerous places on earth for journalists. 

The attorney general for the Mexican state of Michoacan confirmed that the remains of missing journalist Salvador Adame were found Monday.

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"We are not going to close any line of investigation, as further investigations will be reported to clarify the investigation," said Attorney General Jose Martin Godoy.

The 45-year-old journalist with Canal 6TV who had reportedly become critical of local and federal authorities, was abducted by several individuals last May in the town of Mujica.

Godoy's remains were found in a place known as the "Devil's Gorge" in Michoacan. Two suspects have been detained in relation to the murder: Ignacio Rentería Andrade, known as “El Cecinizo,” and Daniel Rubio Ruiz, nicknamed “El Cabezon” or “El Cabezas.”

Mexico has become one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists.

According to Reporters Without Borders, in 2016 Mexico was the country with the third-highest rate of journalist killings, and the highest outside of a warzone.

In 2017 alone, nine journalists have been killed.

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In May, renowned correspondent Javier Valdez was shot dead in Sinaloa's capital of Culiacan while covering the drug-related violence and crime beat in the state for Mexico's largest daily newspaper, La Jornada. Culiacan is home base for the notorious Sinaloa cartel previously run by jailed drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Valdez had released a new book just last year titled, "Narco Journalism."

The reporter was shot in the street, the Red Cross reported, where his body was left after the fatal shooting.

According to a recent report by Article 19, the press freedom organization, 2016 was the most deadly year for the press in Mexico in the past decade with 11 journalists murdered and more than 400 attacks on media workers. The organization also found that perpetrators of these crimes get away with the murders 99.7 percent of the time.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 39 journalists have been killed since 1992, though other estimates are much higher.


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